Mongolian cashmere fashion, unique glassware hand made from used wine bottles, fantastically mild spirits, or surprising sausage creations — all are available in Berlin, but beyond the mainstream shopping streets.
Having left his native Argentina as a child, Mario Lombardo recognized the fragrances of the past when he returned years later. Today, he sells exclusive scented candles and perfumes in Atelier Oblique in Berlin-Mitte. (16.05.2019)
Directly from North Africa to the Bergmannkiez: Walid Kacem sells handmade carpets from Tunisia and Morocco. The woven works that are the product of a centuries-old tradition are much in demand in Kreuzberg. (16.05.2019)
The Hungarian water polo player Lázsló Baksa healed his homesickness with his own delicatessen in Charlottenburg. The home-away-from-home features pickles from Hungarian farmers and homemade pastries. (16.05.2019)
They are sisters at heart: Mongolian Saranzul Bazarvaani and German Kathleen Hager teamed up to create their own woolwear label in a Prenzlauer Berg showroom, using the finest cashmere from the Mongolian steppe. (16.05.2019)
Melion Abraha came to Germany from Eritrea in the 1990s, and soon after wanted to help people look good by creating wigs and hair extensions made from human hair imported from Asia and Europe. (16.05.2019)
Milliner Fiona Bennett doesn't follow trends. In her Tiergarten "hat palace," she designs and produces a signature range of headwear attracting international clientele. It features in the series, "Babylon Berlin." (16.05.2019)
The fine spirits in Stefanie Drobits' Neukölln tasting shop awaken the spirit of every fruit and nut used to create them. The pure Austrian schnapps are also marked by subtle taste and a lower alcohol content. (16.05.2019)
In a former post office in Kreuzberg, Michelle Casciolo offers a quirky slice of American consumer and culinary culture. Products such as kitchen sponges feature in a typical store format along with downhome cooking. (16.05.2019)
In 1984, Adib Harb opened the first Lebanese delicatessen in Germany selling oriental specialties. In his shop in Tiergarten you will find humus and spices, as well as middle eastern cosmetics and even chess boards. (16.05.2019)
Jesper Jensen is a bottle collector of a different kind. The Danish glassblower fashions eco-friendly glassware and vases from used bottles in his Wedding workshop. He even builds the recycled shipping boxes himself. (16.05.2019)
Stacey Kent had already studied sustainability in his Australian homeland when he arrived in Berlin in 2011. Years later he's still here with his own eco furniture business that creates signature objects out of old wood. (16.05.2019)
Eighty varieties of the finest French cheese are on display at La Käserie in Prenzlauer Berg. Opened in 2012 by Frenchmen Romain Dumond and Bastien Slovinski, the deli transforms into a restaurant in the evening. (16.05.2019)
Quality, not quantity: Jade Helene Shimmin designs three collections per year in small runs. You can try on your limited edition pieces in her cozy Mitte showroom. (16.05.2019)
The production method of John Al Haddad's soaps sold in his Schöneberg store, has not changed for centuries: the natural product is a sublime combination of pure olive and laurel oil. (16.05.2019)
In his Mimi Ferments store in Moabit, Markus Shimizu uses fermentation to create ingredients for fine Japanese cuisine. (16.05.2019)
Albert Haziza's legendary menswear store in Charlottenburg is a temple to timeless elegance. The Moroccan tailor, who once learned his trade from a Jewish Berliner, has developed his own exclusive menswear brand. (16.05.2019)
In her Kreuzberg shop, Denitsa Popova sells blankets made in Bulgaria by a family business using the traditional weaving techniques of the Balkans. (16.05.2019)
Jewelry, fashion and interiors: Maciek Tyszecki and Piotrek Ksiazek bring select Polish design wares to Berlin-Mitte. They rely on superior handwork and novelty appeal. (16.05.2019)
With authentic Mexican carpets, crafts and coffee, Aglaen Rodríguez brings her homeland to Friedrichshain. Here there's no throwaway souvenirs but sustainable fair trade goods from Mexican cooperatives and collectives. (16.05.2019)
Product designer Sten Rasmussen brings classic interior design objects to Prenzlauer Berg. Lamps, chairs and wall shelves, among others, by revered Scandinavian designers fill the stylish interior decor store. (16.05.2019)
Cecilia Fuentes Ibarburu is Chilean but is an ambassador of South American culture. In her South Embassy store in Mitte, she sells alpaca wool scarves from Peru, Amazon forest jewelry, Ecuadorian felt hats and much more. (16.05.2019)
The butcher and heavy metal fan Simon Ellery reinvents the sausage in Berlin-Kreuzberg. The inspiration for his bangers with a twist came when he bought a meat grinder for a few euros at a flea market . (16.05.2019)
In an old butcher's shop in Schöneberg, Unique Factory restores classic furniture and invents new interior styles. The special pieces from Bosnia decorate apartments, bars and hotels. (16.05.2019)
Wool, linen and natural fabrics: Ruta Sluskaite-Dittmann has the right yarn for every knitting enthusiast at her Friedrichshain store. Selected strands from her home country are also available. (16.05.2019)
The German-French movie star passed away in the 1980s, but her memory lives on — now in the form of a Google illustration. There's much to celebrate about the late star.
What do Black people in Europe have in common? The British author and photographer Johny Pitts embarks on a journey from Sheffield to Paris, Brussels, and Berlin, searching for common ground and finding differentiation.
French singer, actress and poet Juliette Greco has died at the age of 93. A darling of the bohemian scene in Paris, she was friends with Jean-Paul Sartre and more than friends with Albert Camus and Miles Davis.
Artists dive into the secret world of espionage in a new exhibition at Frankfurt's Shirn Kunsthalle. The spy profession started long before James Bond made it popular — and for good reason.
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